Malcolm Gladwell on Occupy Wall Street, Advice From His Father, and Student Debt - 92Y, New York

Your Cart

Malcolm Gladwell on Occupy Wall Street, Advice From His Father, and Student Debt

Nov 1, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell talks with Ariel Levy about his father's advice to him (don't become a journalist), the current reality among young adults leaving college "encumbered... with mortgage level debts," and his thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street.

"I think they have to get angrier," he said. "I do think there is a weird absence of anger on the part of people who unhappy with the status quo. And there's even an absence of anger in our President, which I think would be appropriate for him to get angry with the way things have gone. There's nothing wrong with standing up and saying 'this is bullsh*t!' Right? I inherited a mess. I'm trying to clean it up and I need your help. There's nothing wrong with saying that. Liberals... shouldn't let the conservatives co-opt all of the anger in the system."

Categories: News & Politics


92Y needs your help

Many of you have asked how you can help 92Y as we face tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. You can help sustain our beloved institution and support the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community.

Donate between now and October 31 and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by a group of 92Y board members—going twice as far in supporting 92Y at this critical time. Thank you for anything you can do to help.